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600DubRizzle:
In order to do this, it is recommended you remove the lower fairings and the right midde fairing.  If you don't know how to do this, or are uncomfortable in doing this, take the bike to a dealer and have them change the oil.

First, remove the oil fill cap.  This helps the old oil drain out of the oil pan.  Next, unbolt the drain plug in the oil pan. The oil pan drain plug is a bolt on the bottom of the oil pan, and the exhaust pipes go around it.  If you have any amount of trouble finding this part, stop what you're doing and take the bike to your dealer and have them do it.  Remove the bolt and drain the oil.  Inspect the washer on the plug to make sure it isn't too fugged up.  If it is fugged up, replace it.  Once the oil is done draining (a slow drip is drained enough) reinstall the drain plug.  If you care, the torque spec is 22lbft or 29Nm.

Next step is to remove the old oil filter, which is right next to the coolant reservoir.  Remove the reservoir by removing the retaining bolt.  Why?  If you're even bothering to read this, you need all the help you can get, and removing the reservoir will make removing the oil filter easier.  Use the proper size oil filter wrench (or in my case a big ass pair of channel lock pliers), to remove the old filter.  Just to let you know, the filter installed at the factory is on there REALLY tight.  DON'T THROW THE FILTER IN THE TRASH ONCE YOU'VE REMOVED IT!!!  Put it in with the old oil for recycling.  Check the filter mounting surface for dirt and to make sure the old filter o-ring isn't still on there.  Apply a light coat of oil to the o-ring of the new filter and install it.  Putting the filter on hand-tight as tight as you can is normally good enough, but here's the torque spec for installing, 20lbft, or 26Nm.  Clean up any old oil that may have dripped onto the exhaust.  If you don't, you're in for a smokey, smelly ride.

Reinstall the reservoir and the fairings.  Add new oil through the oil cap (ride side of bike).  After the oil change, the engine will take 3.1 quarts (2.9L).  Once full, reinstall the oil cap and start the engine.  Make sure the oil light goes out, and then stop the engine.  Put the bike on a stand or have someone hold up the bike level and check the oil level.  The sightglass can be seen through the right lower fairing, and the oil should be between the two lines cast into the aluminum around the sightglass.

Test ride and then check for leaks.

bboynicku:
yea i do all my oil changes myself. Just had a question tho...how important are the torque values given in the manual???

600DubRizzle:

--- Quote from: bboynicku on June 02, 2004, 02:38:19 AM ---yea i do all my oil changes myself. Just had a question tho...how important are the torque values given in the manual???

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If you are confident in your feel of how tight the drain plug and oil filter are, you don't need to use the torque specs.  If you're not confident, get a torque wrench.

2ndtime:
What are the views on filling the filter with oil also before installing it.....  I have heard before that this is the correct thing to do as i always do it on my trucks.

600DubRizzle:

--- Quote from: 2ndtime on June 02, 2004, 11:39:50 AM ---What are the views on filling the filter with oil also before installing it.....  I have heard before that this is the correct thing to do as i always do it on my trucks.

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If possible, it's always a good idea to fill the oil filter with oil because it helps build up oil pressure faster.  The filter on this bike goes on sideways though, so keeping the oil in it would be difficult.  

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